Burning Hearts

•04/17/2017 • Leave a Comment

Blessed are You God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to Your great mercy, You have caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us, who by Your power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time! (1 Peter 1:3-5).

For we were buried therefore with Christ by baptism into His death, in order that, just as He was raised from the dead by Your glory, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4). Give us boldness to proclaim that Christ has been raised from the dead. Despite what some may say or think, we know that if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, our faith is in vain and we are then found to be misrepresenting You!  And if Christ has not been raised, then our faith is futile and we are still in our sins. (1 Cor. 15:12-17).

But because Christ has been raised from the dead and is now alive, let us count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord. For His sake, we will suffer the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that we may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of our own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith-that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, that by any means possible we may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Phil. 3:8-11)

Cause the hearts of those who hear us open and speak the scriptures about the power of the resurrection to burn with hope, conviction and faith in the resurrection. (Luke 24:32). May we like Your apostles, give testimony to the resurrection with great power so that a great grace will be upon us all. (Acts 4:33). IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!

Praying Psalms 23

•03/14/2017 • 1 Comment

Faithful, Great and Majestic LORD, You alone are our Shepherd.  You personally attend to our needs and it is You who provides all that we lack; we want for nothing.  We are able to rest in You because You have provided all the resources we will ever need.  As we feast upon Your word, we find nourishment and refreshment.  For You gently lead us to the place of still waters, where all fear and doubt are quieted and the deepest yearning of our hearts are completely satisfied.  You alone renew and revive our weary souls.  When we lack direction, and need guidance, You lead us down the path of righteousness, conforming us to Your will, so that we might represent all that’s in Your name.  How else can we keep holy and faithful in a fallen and dangerous world without Your guidance and care? LORD, revive, restore and renew our weary souls.

Even though we may live, labor and walk through the valley of the shadow of sin and death that often seems uncertain, frightening and confrontational; we will fear no evil.  For we know that You are with us. We are confident that You will protect us and we are sure You will guide us.  For You have provided our victory and You have prepared a table in advance in the presence of or enemies.  The world, the flesh and the even the devil himself are defeated and have no power over us.  For You have anointed us with Your Holy Spirit and we are ready for battle. Our cups are full and running over with all we will ever need. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives as we live and labor for You! Today, we enter into our mission field, knowing that we have Your continued presence, Your watchful protection, Your abundant provision and Your everlasting power. (Ps 23:1-6)

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip us with everything good that we may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Heb 13:20-21)

Listen

•02/26/2017 • Leave a Comment

LORD, I often ask like Moses, “Who am I that I should go for You, to bring Your children out of bondage?” It’s then that I hear You say, “I will be with you! For ‘I AM’ the LORD GOD Who calls you, equips you, empowers you, sustains you and Who sends you. Because ‘I AM WHO I AM’ there’s nothing you will need today that I haven’t already provided. There’s nothing you will face where I haven’t already been at work. There no one you will encounter that I haven’t already dealt with. Therefore, stand in my strength and know that I AM the LORD GOD, and that I AM with you and it is I who has sent you!” (Ex 3:11-15).
LORD: Help us hear Your voice like Daniel, telling us not to fear. From the first day we set our hearts to understand and we humbled ourselves before You, our prayers were heard, and we know You are with us. (Dan. 10:12). May we be strengthened today like Daniel as you tell us that we are greatly loved, to fear not, that Your peace is with us; to be strong and of good courage!” Speak louder than any voice we may hear today assuring us of Your strength in us and through us! As You strengthen us we will be sure to declare; that it was You who strengthened us this day! (Dan. 10:18-19). IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!

By Your Spirit

•02/21/2017 • Leave a Comment

LORD Jesus, we want to be like You.  We want to be led by Your Spirit today. (Mat 4:1). As Your Spirit sent Philip to the Ethiopian (Acts 8:29) LORD send us.  May we respond as as quickly and run to those You are directing us to reach. May we like Philip open our mouths, and beginning with Scriptures tell others the good news about You LORD Jesus. (Acts 8:35) For You are already at work preparing hearts in advance for the message You have given us. So carry us by Your Spirit LORD, to the places and the people You have prepared, (Acts 8:39) and may we  boldly preach the Gospel to all we encounter along our way. (Acts 8:40)

For we want to be like You Jesus, who was full of the Holy Spirit, and who was led by the Spirit. (Luke 4:1) So as we move toward our assignment today, engaging in spiritual warfare, fill us with the Your Spirit, (Eph. 5:18). Cause us to live by the Spirit, and let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25). Like Barnabas, and Saul, set us apart for Your work.  For we like them have been sent out by Your Holy Spirit with His presence, power and purpose today. (Acts 13:1-4). Proclaim through us “the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16) Keep us ever mindful that all we need today has already been provided, for our Helper has already come, the One You sent from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father. For He will bear witness about You through us today as we also bear witness of You. (Jon. 15:26-27)

In Jesus name, Amen!

Prayer

•09/01/2015 • 2 Comments

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! We will extol You, our God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Today and every day we will bless You and praise Your Holy name forever and ever. For You are our GREAT LORD, and greatly to be praised, for Your greatness is unsearchable. We shall commend Your awesome works today, and we shall declare your mighty acts. We will declare your greatness and pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
For You LORD are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. We will give thanks to you, O LORD, for all that You have abundantly provided! We will speak and sing of the glory of your kingdom and declare Your POWER so that the the children of man might believe in Your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. Because You are faithful, You open your hand and provide for our every need and You satisfy the desires of our hearts! You will uphold us when we are falling and You will raise us up when we bow down! You will fulfill our desires because we respect and rely upon You! And You will save us as we place our trust in You alone! Because of Your great faithfulness, kindness, grace and love, our mouths will speak and sing praises to You LORD, so that all who who hear bless Your Holy name forever and ever. (Ps. 145:1-21)
YOU LORD, are our strength and our shield; in You our hearts will trust, and will be helped; our hearts exult YOU, and with our songs we will give our thanksgiving and praise to You alone! (Ps. 28:7)Prayer

HeartStrings: The Attitude of Anger

•08/19/2014 • Leave a Comment

In His Sermon on the mount, Jesus raises the level of righteousness. He informs His disciples that the righteousness of His disciples is higher than that of the scribes and Pharisees, the religious elite of His day. The righteousness of Christ’s is a permanent position received at salvation or conversion that reconciles us to a right relationship with God and that makes us acceptable before a Him. Yet, that position will lead us to a higher standard than that of religion and the traditions set by men. Righteousness is a matter of the heart and can only be receive through a new heart, a new mind and a new life. Once that righteousness is received, then and only then can the Christ-follower reflect the higher righteousness Christ describes in His Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus explains this new standard by describing 6 attitudes of the heart that need to be fine tuned in order to meet met this new standard. He states that the first attitude we nedd to fine tune is Anger. Jesus words inform His disciples that there’s a principle to rebuild, a poster to reconcile and a practice to reconsider.
In Matthew 5:21-26, Jesus says: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.”
Let’s be honest, we all get angry. We all have either expressed anger or been the recipient of someone else’s anger. Some of us suppress it, some of us deny it exists, some of us excuse it while others just let it out without any consideration of the consequences or the damage is does to our relationship with others and God. Suppressing anger turns into bitterness and bitterness becomes a prison that not only effects the one who harbors it but it effects every one around it. Anger must be dealt with in a Biblical way that reflects the heart of a transformed disciple of Christ.
I invite you to reconsider the Words of Christ and let God speak to you through His Word and Spirit. He meant for us to live free from the prison of anger and the damage it brings to marriages, families, churches, communities and even nations. There would be fewer divorces, broken families, fighting churches, hostile communities and warring nations if we learned to deal with our anger from a transformed heart and a Biblical perspective.

Our Sufficiency and Standard for Righteousness

•08/04/2014 • 1 Comment

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   Is it possible to live righteously in a fallen world? Yes, we live in a fallen world that is already under God’s judgment for sin and unrighteousness. It was for that reason He sent “His One and Only Son, so that whoever believes in Him (Jesus) would not perish but have everlasting life (Jn. 3:16). The world we live in is perishing without Christ and already under His judgment because it does not know Christ (1Jn. 3:1). That is why God through James admonishes us “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2). He also wants us to “know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an…

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